History

Mission Statement:  Washington County Community College serves as an educational, community, and economic  development resource for Washington County and beyond by providing educational opportunities with individualized attention to all who desire to gain technical skills, develop career specializations, engage in self-improvement, and/or prepare for transfer.

Washington County Community College is one of seven colleges in the Maine Community College System.  The Maine Legislature created the college in 1969 as Washington County Vocational Technical Institute.  The school opened in August 1969 in the Calais Armory.  The College’s Boatbuilding program moved from Lubec to Eastport with the purchase of the Marine Technology Center in 1978.  In 2008, WCCC transferred its boatbuilding program in Eastport to Husson University.

In September 1970, the College moved to its present location in Calais on 400 acres overlooking the St. Croix River.  During the 1970s and ‘80s, new programs and facilities were added, and the first residence hall was completed.  The College now has two residence halls that provide housing for 145 students.

In April 1986, the Maine Vocational Technical Institute System, under the auspices of a Board of Trustees, was established by the Legislature; and in 1989, the College’s name was changed to Washington County Technical College.  With the approval of a bond issue, St. Croix Hall was completed in May 1993.  Construction of a new student center, library and renovations to a number of existing classrooms was completed in August 2002.

A major turning point in the College’s history occurred in 1993 when the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, through the Commission of Technical and Career Institutions, extended the accreditation status of WCTC from a non-degree-granting institution to an Associate’s Degree-granting institution.  In 1999, the College was authorized to offer the Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies, thereby expanding its mission to recognize the importance of preparing students for transfer to Baccalaureate programs.

By act of the 121st Legislature, the Maine Technical College System became the Maine Community College System on July 1, 2003 and WCTC became Washington County Community College, WCCC, in recognition of our expanded mission in serving the people of Washington County and Maine.

WCCC is a fully accredited college by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through the Commissions on Institutions of Higher Education.  The college offers training in 25 different occupational areas.  Students may enroll in Associate Degree, Diploma or Certificate programs in the various occupational specialties, or major in Liberal Studies with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university.  A number of articulation agreements have been developed with four-year institutions to assist students who wish to continue their education and pursue a Baccalaureate Degree.